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1844, American English, from deck (n.) + hand (n.).

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  • Do you mean to put a secret-service operative aboard disguised as a deckhand?

    Cappy Ricks Peter B. Kyne
  • "Some fool that doesn't know how to sail a boat, I guess," said the other deckhand.

    Randy of the River Horatio Alger Jr.
  • Charles leaned forward and emptied the syringe at one inch range into the taut seat of the deckhand's pants.

    The Syndic C.M. Kornbluth
  • "Now be good, or I'll shove a few of your teeth down your throat," said the deckhand.

    Randy of the River Horatio Alger Jr.
  • With him came a deckhand, who, under Cotton's orders, had stove in a barrel of sulphur.

    The Dreadnought of the Air Percy F. Westerman
  • One of them was the boatswain Caine, the other a deckhand by the name of Johnson.

    The Pirate of Panama William MacLeod Raine
  • Old Neils, "the squarehead" deckhand of the green-pea trade!

    Captain Scraggs Peter B. Kyne
  • Behind her, ready to follow her if must be, a deckhand waited with her luggage.

    Under the Country Sky Grace S. Richmond
  • I had been told that the only time to find him would be before six o'clock, as he was a deckhand on one of the early boats.

    In League with Israel Annie F. Johnston
  • He said to the deckhand: "Can I clean the lady and myself up?"

    The Syndic C.M. Kornbluth

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